One of the good things to come from de-cluttering is that it gives you new ideas for things to write about. A stored up sense of history. A temporarily buried time capsule. A more distant perspective on things that seemed important enough to keep. The end of an ” I might need that one day” thought.
So here is one of my early discoveries :-
A folder of newspaper clippings from 2013.
I used to have files full of these, but the news came faster than I could write blogs, so in my paperless office de-cluttering frenzy I threw them in the rubbish. This folder escaped the net because it was ‘filed’ in a box in the bedroom 😀
- “£70million fund to tackle the epidemic of loneliness”
- “Lonely OAPs’ spend 100 days a year on their own” As the number of older people grows so does the number of people living on their own. Technology is leaving many of them behind, because they are unable to keep pace with the new increasingly digital world. How ironic when it has the opposite impact for the younger generation. It is hard to see how even £70 million will bring much more than a slight benefit on a relatively small number of people. I hope they find something that really goes viral for older people.
- “Hospital ‘death pathway’ bribes will be scrapped”
- “Let the patients voice be heard by those in charge of the NHS”
- “NHS writes off elderly patients who don’t want to make a fuss”
- “More hospitals are failing to treat their patients with dignity”
- “20,000 patients died needlessly in NHS hospital, says expert” These have been almost every day headlines in all the years since 2013. The leviathan that the NHS has now become is a money gobbling black hole, immune to any comment, criticism or reform. It still does great work for many of its patients, but the elderly with complex conditions are usually last in the queue and the queue is getting longer by the day.
- “With small changes this social care cap can be made to fit”
- “Families to foot the bill for cost of care for elderly” Social care is still top of the bill today, although it is eclipsed by Brexit. This is a convenient smoke screen for politicians, because they still have no idea how to address the issue. It needs radical reform, but that won’t happen soon. In the meantime ether families will have to step up or for those without support they will have to struggle on.